Boys bowlers start off season on right foot, win Collinsville tourney

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER
The Panthers celebrate another Andrew Orf strike at the Zach LeCuyer Memorial Invitational in Collinsville.  (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

The Panthers celebrate another Andrew Orf strike at the Zach LeCuyer Memorial Invitational in Collinsville.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

COLLINSVILLE – The expectations are usually high around Mike Imes’ O’Fallon Boys Bowling team, and part of which includes winning on the first weekend of the year at Collinsville’s Camelot Bowl.

It’s become part of a tradition for O’Fallon to win what is now called the Zach LeCuyer Memorial Invitational, named after a former Collinsville High School bowler who passed away in February of 2014.

The Panthers competed against 30 different teams from across the state, and for the fifth year in a row, came out on top.

“Well after three games, the teams split into groupings of ten,” Imes told the Weekly. “Obviously, you are aiming to be in that top group, that Gold group.”

O’Fallon was guided by their star, Andrew Orf, who shot a six-game series of 1,433 to win the individual title against 150 other bowlers. Orf’s 239 average is a strong early-season showing.

The senior wasn’t the only one to make noise for the Blue and Gold, however, as Eli Rosenburg, Josh Bradshaw, and Matt Toohey all placed in the top 25 on the day.

“We have some kids that can really bowl and can really compete,” Imes added. “This is a really tough tournament with a lot of good teams, and I’m proud of our guys for the way they fought and came out on top to kick off our year.”

The program has been a consistent competitor under Imes, consistently advancing to the IHSA State Finals, even turning in multiple top five finishes.

Up next for the Boys is a trip to Belleville’s Bel-Air Bowl to compete in a joint meet on Thursday against the Belleville East Lancers and the Belleville West Maroons. The following Wednesday, the JV team will head on the road to take on Wesclin.